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Montreal Canadiens Odds
The upstart Montreal Canadiens aim to continue their good fortune on Wednesday when they begin their Eastern Conference first-round series against the top-seeded Philadelphia Flyers in Toronto.
The Canadiens, who had the conference’s 12th-best points percentage in the regular season, rode the hot hand of former Hart and Vezina Trophy recipient Carey Price (3-1-0, 1.67 goals-against average, .947 save percentage) en route to dispatching the Pittsburgh Penguins in four games during the qualifying round.
Montreal won one regular-season meeting against Philadelphia and stretched the Flyers to overtime in the other two before falling. The Canadiens need to establish a spark on a power play that went 0-for-12 versus the Penguins and light a fire under Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Tatar, who combined for one point in the qualifying round.
Philadelphia Flyers Odds
The top-seeded Philadelphia Flyers look to remain hot on Wednesday when they open their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Montreal Canadiens in Toronto.
The Flyers, who had the conference’s fourth-best points percentage in the regular season, won all three games in the round-robin format to secure the top seed. Great expectations have followed Carter Hart since well before he began his NHL career, and the 21-year-old didn’t disappoint by turning aside 57 of 59 shots to win both of his starts in the round-robin tournament.
Scott Laughton collected team highs in goals (three) and points (five) in the round-robin set to boost his total to 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in his past 11 games overall.